Time Constraints for New Fire Department Worries MD Commissioners

Carroll County commissioners don't think there's enough time to get all the issues ironed out to create a new fire department by July.

According to the Carroll County Times, some members of the Carroll County, Maryland, board of county commissioners are worried they might not be able to meet the July deadline for creating the county’s first combination fire and emergency medical services department.

Fire companies in 14 communities are moving toward one fire department with the idea of hiring some 200 personnel over the course of three to five years, according to the paper.

The concept of creating one department was born out of a desire to assist with the demands and financial burden of the various community fire companies, the paper reported.

Some Carroll County commissioners believe there are too many issues, such as staffing, the role of volunteers and funding issues to be resolved before the July opening goal. The commissioners are hoping that decisions will be made as objectives are achieved rather than having a clock drive the process, the paper said.  

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